Welcome to Urban Food Strategies

Urban Food Strategies is dedicated to creating healthier and more prosperous communities through reengineering regional food and agriculture systems.

Janine de la Salle, Principal and one of Canada’s leading professionals in the emerging field of planning and designing for food and agriculture, brings over 10 years of specialized experience to implementing a wide range of regional to neighbourhood scale projects. Urban Food Strategies works with interdisciplinary teams, large and small local governments, developers, non-profits, and universities to provide a wide-range of food and agriculture planning, design and engagement services. We also collaborate with a close group of urban designers, agrologists, landscape architects, architects, farmers, retailers, nonprofit groups, land economists and site planners to develop highly innovative but implementable concepts and detailed plans. Our service areas include:


Urban Food Strategies delivers planning, engagement, design, and implementation projects for healthy communities and resilient regional food and agriculture systems.

Urban Food Strategies works with large and small local governments, developers, non-profits and universities to provide a wide-range of healthy community planning, built environment, and engagement services. With a strong focus on technically sound research analysis, meaningful engagement, and practical implementation, Urban Food Strategies will help you to make sense of the food and agriculture system. We also bring over 10 years of specialized experience to support you in initiating a project, developing pubic policy, writing a plan, designing a neighbourhood, or transitioning a plan to implementation.

As a practice, UFS, works collaborativley with a community of professionals to achieve project objectives. UFS hand selects teams that meet the specific needs of each project.  We provide planning, engagement, design, and implementation expertise in creating healthier and more resilient food systems. Ultimately, Urban Food Strategies will work with clients to craft a project ideas, objectives, work plans, timelines, and budgets that fit within project resources.


Urban Food Strategy team members have been working with public, private, non-profit groups and universities since 2003 to find practical, impactful solutions for increasing the engagement in and sustainability of regional and urban food systems. To date, Janine  has:

    • Completed over 40 sustainable regional and urban food and agriculture related projects,
    • Delivered over 40 presentations,
    • Published 1 book and multiple book chapters and journal articles, and
    • Won 2 planning excellence and leadership awards.


Detailed Project Listing



Food Secure Oliver (2016-2018) | Town of Oliver, BC

AgRefresh (2016-2017) | City of Abbotsford, BC

Agricultural Area Plan (2015) | Regional District of North Okanagan, BC

Sustainable Food System Opportunity Assessment (2014) | University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

Local Food Infrastructure Assessment and Plan (2014) | Cowichan Valley Regional District, BC

City of Nanaimo Food Strategy (2013) | City of Nanaimo, BC

Mackenzie Food Strategy (2013) | District of Mackenzie, BC

Fresh: City Wide Urban Agriculture and Food System Strategy (2013) | City of Edmonton, AB

Food and Agriculture Policy Set (2011) | City of Edmonton, AB

Agriculture Now: Building a Strong Agriculture Sector (2011) | City of Campbell River, BC

Sustainable Food System Feasibility Study  (2011) | University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

Food Fuel + Fibre (2010) | BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Victoria BC

Official Community Plan Update  (2009) | Town of Smithers

Albuquerque Food System Strategy (2008) | City of Albuquerque, NM

Official Community Plan Update (2008) | District of Central Saanich, BC

Securing Farmers’ Markets for the Future in Vancouver  (2007) | Vancouver Farmers’ Market Society, Vancouver BC



Social Innovation in Food Banks, Environmental Scan (2016) | Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Vancouver BC

Mobile Market Feasibility Study (2014) | Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, Vancouver BC

Putting Food on the Table- Graphic Inspiration (2014) | BC Housing, Vancouver Island Region

Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit (2013- Volunteer) | Provincial Health Services Authority

Lantzville Urban Agriculture Jam (2013) | District of Lantzville,

The Edible Garden Project (2006) | Edible Garden Project Society, North Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Fruit Tree Project (2005) | Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Society, Vancouver BC



Agricultural Urbanism Concept Development (2015) | Section 23, Calgary AB.

Agrihood Concept Development (2014) | Private Developer, North Saanich BC

Neighbourhood Farm Concept Development (2013) | Private Developer, Calgary AB

Farm Park Concept Development (2013) | Bowen Island Agricultural Alliance, BC

Albion Flats Concept Plan (2010) | District of Maple Ridge, Maple Ridge, BC

Colony Farm Sustainability Plan (2010) | Metro Vancouver, Burnaby BC

Southlands Neighbourhood Development Project  (2009) | Century Group, Tsawwassen BC

Neighbourhood Food Strategy (2009) | New Monaco Developments, Peachland BC

Colony Farm Charrette (2009) | Metro Vancouver, Burnaby BC

Indicator Model for Sustainable Communities (2008) | PIVOT Society, Edmonton, AB

Designing Urban Agriculture Opportunities for SEFC (2007) | City of Vancouver, BC



Food Market Feasibility Assessment (2016) |  Community Futures, Kamloops BC

Food Hub Feasibility Assessment (2015) | Township of Langley, BC

Agri-Food Distribution Hub (2013) | Economic Development Corporation of Pitt Meadows, BC

North Fraser Agri-Food Distribution Hub, Feasibility Assessment (2013) |  Pitt Meadows Economic Development Corporation, Pitt Meadows BC

Victoria Downtown Public Market Feasibility Study (2012) | Victoria Downtown Public Market Society, BC

New City Market Visioning and Site Identification (2009-2011) | Vancouver Farmers Market Society, BC



Municipal Food Policy and Practice Guide (2016) | Ryerson University, Toronto Public Health, Toronto Food Policy Council

Welcome Garden Toolkit and Growing Roots Garden Case Study (2015) | City of Surrey, BC

Planning for Successful Farmers’ Markets in BCs Towns and Cities (2012) | BC Association of Farmers Markets

Urban Farming Guidebook (2012) | Real Estate Foundation of BC

Farm to School Guide (2009) | BC Healthy Living Alliance

Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighbourhoods (2009) | US Green Building Council, Seattle WA

Community Gardening Toolkit for Local Government (2007) | UBCM and BC Ministry of Community Development, Victoria BC



Mobilizing Community Food Systems (2015, 2016) | Centre for Sustainable Community Development, Simon Fraser University

Community Food Systems 101 (2012, 2014) | Simon Fraser University City Program | SFU, Vancouver BC

Food System Policy and Planning | School for Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC

You Are Where You Eat, Community Forum on Linking Regional Food and Agriculture Systems with Healthy Communities (2014) | District of Central Saanich, BC



Organizational Change Manager and Capacity Builder (2014-2015) | Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, Vancouver BC

Contact Us

Please reach Janine by phone: 604-345-4267, or electronically with the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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